Season 4 of Outlander was all about Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) settling in colonial America and beginning new lives together. But between reuniting with Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and rescuing her husband from Native Americans, there wasn’t much room for romance for the lead characters.
The lack of steamy scenes was not lost on Outlander fans, many of whom voiced their disappointment on social media. In response to the outcry, Outlander executive producer Maril Davis opened up about the absence of sex this season and why there wasn’t as much as they originally planned.
— Claire and Jamie (@claire_jamieFS) March 1, 2019
“We’ve always talked about the sex scenes — we love them, too — but they have to be organic to the story. Sometimes that story, or the network or the studio, don’t allow for those slow down times,” Davis explained.
Davis’ explanation is spot on. Apart from some moments in the first few episodes, there were too many things going on for the series to slow down and allow Jamie and Claire some intimate scenes.
Not only was there plenty of drama with Brianna and Roger (Richard Rankin) showing up, but they also had to deal with the return of John Grey (David Berry) and the arrival of Stephen Bonnett (Ed Speleers).
Fortunately, the lack of love scenes will not carry over to next season. According to TV Guide, things will slow down enough in Season 5 for Jamie and Claire to share plenty of intimate scenes together. After all, the couple rescued Roger at the end of last season and have made a home on their land.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 1, 2019
Davis confirmed that Season 5 will bring back more steamy sessions between Jamie and Claire. She also revealed that she considers herself a fan of the show and was also disappointed by the absence of love last season. As long as the pace of the story doesn’t get too crazy, it sounds like we will get all the love we want next season.
Pre-production for Season 5 of Outlander is currently underway. Starz, which renewed the series for two more seasons, has not announced when the show will be returning.